Patricia Saldaña Natke

Founding Partner

Patricia Saldaña Natke is Founding Partner of UrbanWorks and as President oversees design excellence for every project. Her extraordinary record of public service imbues the firm with a strong civic ethic.

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, Pat has served as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Facilitator at Archeworks, and currently a part time Professor at IIT School of Architecture for the Advanced Design Studios.

Prior to founding UrbanWorks, she worked in design positions for several award-winning Chicago architectural firms.

Among her professional accomplishments, Pat chaired the National AIA Diversity Committee for the American Institute of Architects. Pat was recently listed in the “2014: 50 Chicago Designers” by New City and one of the five Emerging Designers by Crain’s Chicago.


  • American Institute of Architects, Member
  • Chicago Women in Architecture, Member and Past President
  • Arquitectos, Member
  • Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, Member
  • Partners of Americas, Illinois-Sao Paulo Chapter, Board Member and Past President
  • Center for Neighborhood Technology, Board (’07 to present)
  • CNT Energy, Board (09′ to present)
  • Chicago Public Education Fund, Leadership Council Member